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Public Policy 411

September 2019 Issue

September 2019 Issue

The Whole Person Policy Newsletter:  September 2019 Issue

Here are a few updates about important issues at the City, State and Federal level impacting people with disabilities and some reminders about upcoming events.


City of Kansas City
The new 2019-2023 Mayor and City Council started their terms on August 1, 2019. Find out who your councilperson is here.

State of Missouri
The First Regular Session of the 100th General Assembly adjourned on Friday, May 17, 2019. Here are some of the legislative successes signed into law by Governor Parson impacting the disability community:

  • On 9/9/19, Governor Michael Parson signed Executive Order 19-16 announcing the Missouri as a Model Employer Initiative which aims “to support and encourage individuals with disabilities to fully participate in the community and economic life of Missouri and engage in competitive integrated employment”
  • SB 101, establishes a statewide hearing aid distribution program and fund for low income Missourian. Clark Corogenes, a member of our staff at TWP, serves as Commissioner on the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) and has been active in helping this vision become a reality
  • SB514, makes headlines putting the spotlight on “Missouri one of few states in nation making sure kids get needed disability” therapy”
  • HB 2, secured a budget increase of $500,000 for the 22 Centers for Independent Living in Missouri
  • HB 10, increased funding to add about 180 new Independent Living Waivers slots 
  • HB 11, will give a 1.5% provider rate increase for Medicaid providers through Fiscal Year 2020
  • House Bill 569, was approved to extend the sunset date for individuals  participating in CDS services as a Non-Medicaid Eligible (NME) client from June 30, 2019 to June 30, 2025 and is awaiting funding

On August 28, 2019 Legislation enacted during the 2019 legislative session became effective unless the legislation carried a specific date or emergency clause.

State of Kansas

  • The Kansas Legislature adjourned May 29, 2019 without passage of Medicaid Expansion

On August 28, 2019 the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), in conjunction with several state and local organizations, presented U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s office with the 2019 Champion for Healthy Seniors Award, on behalf of seniors and individuals with disabilities in Missouri.

  • H.R. 3253, the Sustaining Excellence in Medicaid Act of 2019, became law on 8/6/2019.  This law increases funding for the Money Follows the Person program and provides an extension through the end of 2019.